Yet another guest reviewer today, this time Hayley Green (AKA JaneB on the Marillion On Line Forum (MOLF) ).
Hayley has been a friend of mine for a number of years now, we meet up when we can. Good music is and has always been the key to this.
So good music has lead to this review, Hayley attended this gig and was raving about it earlier today to me, so I asked her to write about it, to get over to you my readers; what!, how!, when! and why! we do this crazy little thing called MARILLION!
10th September 2012
Steve Hogarth has never been shy of wearing his heart on his sleeve, and he doesn't disappoint when he comes on stage, from the darkness, with searchlight like spotlight's ranging over the audience, to sing the opening song of their recent (10th September) gig in Manchester. With poundingly loud Arabic type rhythms playing, and wearing a very large CND symbol on his shirt, he launches into Gaza - a 17 minute long impassioned plea for justice and peace in the Middle East and also the opening track of Marillion's 17th studio album, released this month. If anyone was expecting Marillion to fade away and stop pushing the boundaries of music, then they would be disappointed both with this gig and the album.
On stage from just before 9pm until the curfew descended at 11pm, the band launched into a joyful celebration of 4 new tracks from the new album (Sounds That Can't be Made) along with some old favourites (Neverland, Fantastic Place, You're Gone, The Great Escape) and some tracks that haven't been played live often or for a while, including This Town trilogy, A Few Words for the Dead and Real Tears for Sale. The new tracks that were played were particularly good, with Power and The Sky Above the Rain stand out tracks for me. I've often thought that Marillion, and Steve H in particular, really connect with their fans on an emotional level, and seeing many of the men near me singing their hearts out to Neverland, and the final encore Sugar Mice, reminded me of this. I think TSATR will become a similar touchstone, especially for men of a certain age.
The 'Sounds That Can't Be Made' Tour continues, for details see http://www.marillion.com/tour/